CHEVROLET PERFORMANCE IS GOING “OLD SCHOOL” WITH NEW CRATE ENGINES AT SEMA 2018
Chevrolet Performance is heading to the 2018 SEMA Show with a trio of vintage Chevy vehicles to showcase the installation possibilities that builders can use Chevy’s newest crate engines. These new additions give even more thrilling and powerful choices for enthusiasts and their projects.
“Chevrolet Performance’s expanding crate engine lineup offers something for every enthusiast and his or her dream project.” – Jim Campbell, GM U.S. vice president of Performance Vehicles and Motorsports
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Able to be equipped in 1995 and earlier vehicles, the crate engines feature the necessary Connect & Cruise combinations and emissions-legal E-ROD systems. The three vehicles that Chevrolet Performance will be bringing to the 2018 SEMA Show are:
1973 Chevelle Laguna / LT5 6.2-Liter Supercharged
Bringing a more contemporary and sporty style to the Chevy lineup back in 1973, the Chevelle Laguna has distinctive, body-colored urethane front and rear fascias. And it also made a name for itself in NASCAR with drivers like Cale Yarborough. Because of this racing heritage, the show model has been built with the new LT5 6.2-liter supercharged carte engine by Chevrolet Performance.
This engine is based on the Corvette ZR1’s engine and it is the “most powerful production engine ever from Chevrolet.” It delivers up to 755-horsepower and 715 pound-feet of torque, and it is equipped with Chevy’s first dual-fuel system (direct injection and supplementary port injection) and a new larger-displacement supercharger for enhanced air charge.
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1967 C/10 / ZZ6 EFI
The classis C/10 pickup helped mark 100 years of Chevrolet-built trucks and is equipped with the new ZZ6 EFI crate engine. This Chevrolet Performance engine offers the “best of both worlds” with the style and versatility of the 350 Small Black engine and electronically controlled fuel injection advantages. Instead of a carburetor, a fuel injection throttle body is mounted, and this allows a traditional air cleaner to be installed.
Furthermore, this allows for thrilling drivability and up to 420-horsepower to be delivered. Then, the C/10 is finished off with modern hot rod touches like a lowered suspension, 20-inch wheels, smoothed and customized bumpers and tailgate. Plus, it also has a custom-trimmed interior.
1978 K10 Silverado / L96
Blending the classic two-tone, “square box” generation with modern performance thanks to a LS engine swap, the 1978 K10 Silverado features the heavy-duty truck-based L96 crate engine from Chevrolet Performance. The engine is rated with up to 360-horsepower and 380 pound-feet of torque, as well as features electronically controlled fuel injection.
Overall, it is able to offer more power than the Big Block engines from that “square box” generation while staying lighter and more compact. Plus, it comes with electronically controlled 4-speed overdrive automatic transmission. And the show model is given a factory-fresh, black and red Silverado 4×4 look with frame-off restoration.